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'Fear Factor' Stuntman

Snaps BOTH Ankles

During Stunt Gone Wrong

8/23/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0813-fear-factor-NBC-EXA "Fear Factor" stuntman is lucky to be alive -- after a safety mechanism FAILED during a jump from 6-stories high last week and he hit the ground FEET FIRST ... breaking both of his ankles.

Fortunately, the stuntman was attached to a back-up safety mechanism that helped slow down the fall ... but sources tell us people were "very concerned" when the stuntman hit the ground.

We're told the stuntman was testing out a new challenge that will be featured on an upcoming episode of the show.

According to our sources, medics were on standby and quickly transported the stuntman to a hospital to treat his injuries.

"Fear Factor" producers tell us, "Safety is our first priority, and because of that we test these stunts repeatedly with trained stuntmen to ensure our contestants' well-being." They added that this particular stunt was part of their standard safety process, and wished the stuntman "a very speedy recovery."

This is the second accident on the set this month -- as TMZ first reported, a contestant was taken to the hospital (but suffered no major injuries) after the truck she was standing on slammed into a stunt car.

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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

He must have been trying to lift Oprah.

1106 days ago
2.

Amandanonymous    

It's nice how they make it out to seem like it's good this guy fell and broke his ankles. They were practically expecting it! Safety first!

1106 days ago
3.

Areader    

This show has to be re-vamped, it's far too dangerous!

1106 days ago
4.

Meanie    

When are they going to shut that f'g show down?????

1106 days ago
5.

Kathy    

"Fear Factor" producers tell us, "Safety is our first priority"--Lying has become the norm when something goes wrong. I guess they have to kill somebody before this show is cancelled.

1106 days ago
6.

Snooki'sHairBump    

Wow... Fear Factor is still on the air?

1106 days ago
7.

Good riddance!    

Fear will definitely be more of a factor now!

"Oh, look. There's the guy with the crushed ankles watching us from the comfort of his wheelchair in the stands!"

1106 days ago
8.

Rotten Puppets    

They need to take FearFactor to the next level and start killing people like in the movie 'The Running Man' .... I'll watch no matter what though because Joe Rogan is the mother f'n BOSS!

1106 days ago
9.

cindy    

The stunt man was "Testing" out the new challenge?.... Well, obviously it didn't work.

1106 days ago
10.

Politico Pablo    

Evidently, FEAR IS NOT A FACTOR for him. I hope the contestants aren't permanently traumatized by these insane stunts.
They really need to increase the $50,000 price money for what they put these people through. But I can't wait for the new show!

1106 days ago
11.

bunny    

"Oops, that didn't work, let's cross this one off the list."

1106 days ago
12.

SLH    

hope it makes it to failblog

1106 days ago
13.

KnuckleDragger    

Who cares about the dumb stunts...I wanna see someone wolf down several raw, stray dog testicles...and then puke!

1106 days ago
14.

spyke    

Safety is your priority? The hell it is, ratings are your number one priority you lying sack of horse poo!

1106 days ago
15.

Bud    

Too bad is wasn't Rogan

1106 days ago
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